Tooth extraction is the process of removing a tooth from inside your mouth. This may be necessary if your dentist can’t repair the damage to your tooth or if there is extensive decay, infection, or tooth mobility. Teeth may also be removed to relieve crowding.
A tooth extraction, as the name suggests, is the process of removing a tooth - with a surgical procedure either done in the clinic or referral to a specialist in a hospital.
At Maven Dental, we consider your overall wellness and examine your mouth to determine the best treatment for your overall health. Your dentist or specialist will advise if a tooth needs to be removed. Read on to learn more about the tooth extraction process and preparing for your appointment.
When a tooth is damaged, your dentist will aim to treat and save it by using treatment options such as root canal treatment, crowns, or fillings, however this is not always the best option. In some situations, a tooth extraction may be necessary for several reasons, including:
• If your dentist can’t repair damage to your tooth using root canals, crowns, or fillings
• If the tooth has an internal crack or fracture that cannot be repaired
• If there is extensive decay, infection, or tooth mobility.
• Your tooth is badly damaged
• If you have crowding in your mouth
• An extraction is deemed the best option to maintain your oral health
Wisdom teeth are notorious for causing problems in the mouth by growing in a way that causes impaction of other teeth, and for causing extensive pain. This can cause damage to the surrounding teeth and lead to decay or infection. Wisdom tooth removal can be a bit different to a regular tooth extraction due to their position in the mouth, and often the awkward way they grow.
Learn more about wisdom tooth removal.
At the consultation, your Maven dentist will listen to your concerns, examine your teeth and discuss the options with you.
After assessment, should you need your tooth (or teeth) removed, additional appointments will be made as appropriate.
You should expect to be booked in for at least two appointments for a tooth extraction. If you're in pain though, immediate treatment may be necessary.
Usually, the appointment will take around 30 to 60 minutes. However, this depends on the number of teeth that need to be removed, your medical history, and your personal circumstances.
For the consultation, there is no special preparation needed.
Before the removal procedure, your Maven dentist will advise you of any pre-procedure requirements, including:
Your dentist will provide home care instructions to ensure a fast recovery from your tooth extraction. Some Do’s and Don’ts to follow during your healing include:
After tooth removal, it is normal to experience some swelling and discomfort. We recommend allowing yourself a few days to rest at home post-procedure.
Note: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek advice from an appropriately qualified health practitioner
Wisdom teeth are increasingly becoming a modern-day coming of age symbol for young adults.